Migrating Puget Sound Steelhead Face Increased Predation at Hood Canal Bridge

Hood Canal Bridge showing the floating bridge’s central and southeasternmost sections. Photo: brewbooks CC BY-SA 2.0

The Hood Canal Bridge is a major source of mortality for migrating steelhead smolts, according to new research in the peer-reviewed journal Ecosphere by NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center scientists and the non-profit Long Live the Kings. Approximately half the smolts tracked by researchers died attempting to get past the bridge or soon after.


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